John Eash serves as the executive director of corporate relations. He began his career at McDonnell Douglas in 1980 as a flight test engineer with remote assignments at Patuxent River NATC, MD on the F/A-18 aircraft Full Scale Development Test Program and Holloman AFB, NM on an F-15 aircraft avionics development program. He moved to production operations in 1991, where he initially held various team leader positions responsible for engineering support of manufacturing.
Eash was promoted to production superintendent in 1995 and has held management positions on the T-45, AV-8B, F/A-18 C/D and F/A-18E/F aircraft programs through the transition to the Boeing Company. In February 2001, he was promoted to senior manager and assigned to Supplier Management and Procurement responsible for all aspects of supplier development for the Boeing Military Aircraft and Missiles Division. In November 2002, Eash was selected as the team leader for Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) Supplier Development. In August 2003, he was promoted to director, IDS Supplier Quality and Development, responsible for worldwide regional operations.
Eash rejoined the F/A-18 program in March 2010 as the leader of the Multi-Year 3 Affordability Team. In June 2010, he was selected to serve as director, F/A-18 Production Operations, with responsibility for all St. Louis Flight Operations and F-15 Final Assembly. In March 2015, he rejoined Supplier Quality as division director for regional operations. Beginning in 2007, Eash served as Boeing’s executive focal for Missouri S&T. Eash retired from the Boeing Company in July 2015, shortly before joining Missouri S&T.
Eash has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and a master's degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T and an MBA in manufacturing management from Washington University in St. Louis. He also completed the Executive Program Managers’ Course at the Defense Systems Management College in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.